Regional News: LPNs Face Phase Out

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A union that represents LPNs in Pennsylvania is reportedly attempting to reverse a soon-to-be-expected "phase out" of practical nurses.

According to a recently published report by the Republican Herald, LPNs at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street in Pottsville have been informed they will have their jobs replaced by September. The Schuylkill Health board of directors is planning to add more RNs and nurse's aides in order to establish what's being described as "a new healthcare delivery model," according to the report. In all, 41 full-time and 10 part-time LPNs are expected to be impacted.

Union president Denise Smith told the Herald he's "hoping the hospital will reconsider and know that [LPNs] play a vital role in the hospital's day-to-day patient care."

As of now, LPNs will reportedly have the opportunity of either becoming aides, which would lead to salary cuts of approximately $5 per hour or pay to return to school to become RNs.

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In Maryland CNA's and MA's hold positions once held by LPN's and Rn's. This doesn't make sense. How can someone with NO theory or real training be trusted to work with the health concerns of public? The last place I worked the CNA was my supervisor and unit the manager.

It was a joke because theses CNA's were clueless. They didn't understand the medical terminology or lab values. As a result, I witnesses many errors and neglect of care issues. It was very dangerous to work there and any nurse that did work there was jeopardizing their license. Currently, I am in school training as a medical coder. As a coder I will be responsible for applying the knowledge i acquired; not be responsible for the actions of a wannabee nurse.

LOUISE ,  LPNAugust 26, 2014
Baltimore, MD

The FLorida Senate has actually had this in the works for years and in 2009 attached it onto a Bill. If Hospitals wanted Grants of any kind they were not to employ LPN's. The LPN's were given a notice they had two years to be enrolled in or complete RN training or they would be released.

Laurie July 22, 2013
Lakeland, FL

I have been an LPN for over 23 years in Ohio. I've taken the LPN IV-Therapy Course and exam five years ago at a local universtiy. My instructor a NP revealed to the class, if you want to stay in nursing in Ohio a BSN will be required shortly for all majors hospitals. It is true in the major hospitas in my area a BSN is required. LPN were laid off, which eventually lead to a phasing out their positions. Lpns' can rarely find work in nursing homes. I once worked for an agency training people of the street to give medications to home care and assisted living patients. These employee did not have a medical terminology course, the medication adminstrations records were horrible, of course narcotics were missing left and right. I was appauled at the lenght of the medication aide testrequired by Ohio consists of 50 basic one sentence questions 25 minutes timing. The people did not have a clue concerning importance of a medication pass. I found myself presenting the same topic "medication erors" as did my supervisor an RN. It is scarry I know one hospital in my area hires medication aides. Even with documented proof of incompetence presented to the OBN the medication aide are still allowed to pass medication.

Lucia July 13, 2012

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